PASADENA, Calif. – Rookies Bria Holmes and Courtney Walker sparked a second-half rally that saw the Atlanta Dream trim a 26-point deficit to seven points before falling just short to the Los Angeles Sparks by a margin of 88-80 on Saturday afternoon at Pasadena City College.
Holmes scored 11 of her team-high 18 points in the second half, while Walker dropped in 10 in just over 15 minutes of second-half action to spark the late-game push.
Atlanta ripped off 31 points in the third quarter, while shooting .515 (17-of-33) from the field. The 31 third-quarter points equaled the Dream’s entire first-half point production.
The Dream trailed from the outset. Following a three-pointer by Roneeka Hodges to open the contest, Los Angeles put together a 16-0 run and closed the opening 10 minutes up 31-12. Candace Parker led the way for the Sparks with 13 of their 31 first quarter points, while shooting 5-of-7 from the floor. She finished with a game-high 22 points.
Los Angeles shot for a .655 (19-of-29) clip in the first half to take a 54-31 advantage into intermission, while limiting Atlanta to a .292 (7-of-24) mark.
The loss drops the Dream to 0-3 in preseason action, while the Sparks move to 1-0 in exhibition play.
Atlanta played the contest without three starters from last season’s squad as Angel McCoughtry, Sancho Lyttle and Damiris Dantas did not make the trip as they each wrap up their overseas and international commitments.
Atlanta concludes the preseason with its lone home contest of the exhibition schedule on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. The game that will be played at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech.